Environmental studies graduates are employed by federal, state, and local agencies, nongovernmental organizations, research and educational institutions, and in business. They also work all over the United States and around the world in a wide variety of environmental occupations including resource management, environmental law and public health. Majors also have the necessary background to succeed in top graduate programs; approximately 70% of Colby graduates eventually undertake graduate study. Recent graduates were accepted into graduate programs at MIT, Yale, Pennsylvania, Harvard, Duke, and other top-ranked programs.
The Environmental Studies Program is committed to providing resources and mentoring on career opportunities. This process starts early in the students academic career with advising on internship opportunities that students can engage with during the summers or the Jan Plan semester. Lia Morris, the Coordinator for the program, is available by appointment, for advising. Faculty are also a key component in the career advising process.
During the semesters there is weekly distribution of employment and internship opportunities through our weekly newsletter. During the spring semester we also put out a weekly supplement with jobs and internships because the quantity is large heading into the summer months. All ES majors automatically get these weekly postings.
We make a concerted effort to have Colby ES alums return to campus regularly. They are often part of our lunchtime and evening lecture series which run during the fall and spring semesters. These are key opportunities for our students to engage with alums that are working in government positions, private consulting work, or non-profit sector jobs.
The Colby Career Center also provides a full array of services for students.
Resources for Cover Letter and Resume Writing
Presenting yourself on paper: resumes and cover letters: Tips by David Schachter on Idealist.org
Yale School of Forestry Cover Letter Writing Tips: Cover Letter Outline
Some of our favorite job and internship boards
Environmental Career Opportunities (Limited access without subscription. The Colby Career Center maintains a subscription so visit them to get in!)
For a list of environmental employers by state visit EcoEmploy.com.